§ Ann Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many overseas students applied for visas to study in the UK in the last year for which figures are available; and how many of those were renewals. 
§ Mr. Mullin
During the financial year 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003, the latest year for which statistics are available, 181,905 student applications were received at our diplomatic posts worldwide. Figures are not collated on the number of student visa applications submitted overseas by applicants who had previously obtained student visas.